Palm-capital column

Old Kingdom, reused in Dynasty 19
2649–2139 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Herakleopolis Magna


Height: 494 cm (194 1/2 in.) Height of shaft: 361 cm (142 1/8 in.) Height of binding: 27 cm (10 5/8 in.) Height of capital: 106 cm (41 3/4 in.) Diameter of shaft at base: 73.9 cm (29 1/16 in.) Diameter of shaft at binding: 63.4 cm (24 15/16 in.) Diameter of capital: 119.8 cm (47 1/8 in.) Height of base 12 cm (4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


On View

Egypt: Sculpture and Tomb Chapels (Gallery 209)


The Ancient World


Columns and capitals

Red granite; cylindrical shaft, broken in two places. Three horizontal bands of incised figures and hieroglyphics. Nine leaves in the capital, the tips of several restored.


From Ihnasya el-Medina (Herakleopolis Magna), temple of Harsaphes, portico. 1890-1891: excavated by Edouard Naville for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the EEF by the Egyptian government; October 1891, presented to the MFA by the EEF. (Accession date: December 8, 1891)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription